Specialized Myka FSR Elite 2011 Women's Mountain Bike

The Specialized Myka FSR Elite is a lightweight mountain bike designed for female trail riders who are compact in size and in need of some seriously impressive technology to sit astride. Specialized has blessed the Myka FSR Elite with its usual attention to detail, resulting in a bike which will make riders feel like it has been built just for them.

Since this is a trail bike it makes sense to talk about the suspension setup. You get a front fork from RockShox which provides 100mm of travel. Although this may be a little less travel than you might typically see from this kind of bike, Specialized has been sensible in picking this degree of flexibility because it accounts for the lighter weight of the petite female riders who will be taking this bike to task. The rear shock is also a RockShox model with adjustable rebound so that you can tune the ride and make it fit your abilities rather than having to adapt to a rigid, unchanging setup.

While the suspension setup provides the bike with a comfortable ride which can shrug off the roughest of surfaces on the descent, it will also be able to help you when you struggle upwards as it will not sap your power or forward motion, which helps to add to its all-rounder ethos. Throw a good degree of comfort into this mix of qualities and you get a bike which you will be happy and confident to take off road and ride for extended periods, without returning home with sore limbs and a bruised behind.

The Specialized Myka FSR Elite comes into the market quite high in the range, so although it has entry-level leanings it is definitely equipped to please an enthusiast crowd. Whether you are upgrading from a cheaper model or choosing your first mountain bike, there is plenty to like here. You get Avid Elixir disc brakes which are hydraulically operated for smoothness and consistency when you apply them. The sporty yet grippy Specialized tyres are matched with custom rims to give you the ability to tear across uneven ground in any weather conditions without the fear of sliding out of control.

The differences in the physiology of women compared to men are built into the very bones of the Specialized Myka FSR Elite. With everything from weight to height and arm reach taken into account by the engineers, this is not just a scaled-down version of a male model but a bike which has been built from the ground up for female riders. You might also assume that this will result in a paint job and extra detailing which gives it a feminine touch that some might find a tad patronising, but Specialized has avoided this potential pitfall by slapping an appealing red coat of paint on the bike and topping it off with white decals and flashes. Good looks and great performance make this a mountain bike to covet.

Bike: Specialized Myka FSR Elite
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